Millions of householders could significantly improve the energy efficiency of their homes simply by installing new radiators, a new report has suggested.
According to a study carried out on behalf of the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC), 20 per cent of British homes are fitted with radiators lacking convectors, which enhance heat emission and have been widely used since the 1980s.
“While it is quite promising that 80 per cent of those who responded to the survey claimed to have radiators with convectors, that still leaves 4.9m homes using finless products,” MARC chairman John Colling told H&V News. “This 4.9m is simply the baseline figure for what can be done to increase energy efficiency in the home.”
Mr Colling insisted that radiators at least as efficient as the alternative emitters currently available, but noted that the government’s flagship Green Deal initiative concentrated primarily on other devices.
The findings came after an Ipsos Mori poll indicated that the majority of British consumers were unaware of smart meters, despite government plans to roll them out to homes across the UK over the next few years.